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How can I redirect the event viewer files?

We are about to implement a client solution wherein each client PC loads an image from an image server on each boot-up. Since all the event viewer and log files are lost when the operating system reloads, we are unable to perform forensic troubleshooting. Is there a way to redirect the event viewer files to another partition or network share?

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Microsoft's Audit Collection Service (ACS) has been in beta for quite some time now, so your current best bets would be either to create a scheduled job on each workstation that dumps the system logs and copies them to a central location, or else to use a third-party utility for Event Log collection such as DorianSoft's Event Archiver: (http://www.doriansoft.com/totalsolution/).

When deciding on a solution, remember that Event Log data is critical information that should not be transmitted or stored in an insecure fashion; be sure that the security of your log data both in transit and in storage is a key factor in your decision-making process.

This was first published in November 2005

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